A Birmingham doctor accused of agreeing to carry out abortions on the grounds of gender is facing court action from Christian campaigners.
Dr Palaniappan Rajmohan, who worked at the Calthorpe Clinic, in Edgbaston, was caught on camera in an undercover sting by a national newspaper.
The General Medical Council (GMC) is carrying out an investigations into the claims and has banned him from carrying out abortions.
Now 21-year-old Aisling Hubert, supported by the Christian Legal Centre, has launched a private prosecution of Dr Rajmohan, along with another medic, Dr Prabha Sivaraman.
Reviewing the evidence, the Director of Public Prosecutions said an undercover pregnant woman had told Dr Rajmohan: “me and my partner found out the gender in France through a blood test that you can have there in pregnancy and we found out it’s another girl. We don’t want a girl again because of the last time.”
The DPP said the pregnant woman had previously stated that a previous pregnancy which was female had miscarried because of “chromosomal defects”.
Dr Rajmohan, who was filmed at the Calthorpe Clinic in Birmingham, agreed to conduct the procedure even though he admitted: “It’s like female infanticide, isn’t it?”
The woman asked for a different reason to be put down on the form, other than gender, and Dr Rajmohan agreed to state that she was too young for a pregnancy.
Dr Sivaraman who worked for private clinics and NHS hospitals in Manchester at the time of the investigation, was recorded telling a woman: “I don’t ask questions. If you want a termination, you want a termination.”
The Crown Prosecution Service decided not to proceed with a prosecution because of uncertainties about the law in this area, and because a GMC investigation was under way.
Dr Sivaraman has been summonsed to appear before Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court in December to face a charge of conspiracy to procure an unlawful abortion. A hearing will take place at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court in January to decide if Dr Rajmohan should face a summons over the same issue, contrary to section 59 of the Offences against the Person Act 1861.
In the aftermath of the covert filming Dr Rajmohan was suspended in March 2012.
He was then in August of that year reinstated but had extensive conditions placed on his work while the GMC investigates the claims. The GMC confirmed to the Post that the probe was still taking place.
Dr Rajmohan is currently completely banned from authorising or carrying out abortions. He must also inform the GMC immediately of any post he accepts, and new disciplinary proceedings, and if he seeks medical employment overseas. It is not known where he is now working. Heart of England NHS Trust said Dr Rajmohan last worked as a locum there in October 2013.
Shortly after the scandal, the Calthorpe Clinic was taken over by Marie Stopes International.
Ms Hubert said: “Gender-abortion is a horrible practice. I took this dramatic step because those who should have done so were effectively turning a blind eye.
“Again we have seen the establishment stand silent in the face of the abortion industry, hoping that the horrors will be swept under the carpet and the problems go away.
“But justice demands that something is done and that people are held to account for their actions. The law can only protect if it is enforced.”
Andrea Minichiello Williams, chief executive of the Christian Legal Centre which is supporting Ms Hubert, said: “There has been public outcry over revelations of gender-abortion in the UK but no official action has been taken against the doctors.
“We are proud to stand with this brave young woman as she battles for justice for unborn children and shames those who should have done so.”